Oregon feels good about the future of the tight end position.
Redshirt sophomore Spencer Webb and redshirt freshman Patrick Herbert are potential stars in the passing game.
The coaching staff has also received verbal commitments from elite prospects Moliki Matavao and Terrance Ferguson as part of a 2021 recruiting class ranked No. 3 by Rivals and No. 5 by 247Sports.
But entering the 2020 season, the program is represented by Hunter Kampmoyer on the Mackey Award preseason watch list released Friday. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top tight end.
Kampmoyer, who switched from defense to tight end in 2018, helped solidify the position with seven starts in 2019 after Cam McCormick and Jacob Breeland went down with season-ending injuries.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior had five receptions, including two in the Rose Bowl, for 59 yards and a touchdown for the Pac-12 champion Ducks.
McCormick, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career, is expected to emerge as a starter, if the 6-5, 255-pound senior can stay healthy.
Breeland led the tight end group with 26 receptions for 405 yards and six touchdowns in only six games last season. Ryan Bay also graduated after adding five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown as a senior.
Webb, who spent part of the season filling in as a slot receiver due to injuries, had 18 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
Herbert, the younger brother of former Oregon and current Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, is now listed at 6-5, 251 pounds. He had 11 touchdown receptions for Sheldon High as a senior in 2018.
DJ Johnson, who was in the process of transitioning from defensive end to tight end when the final 10 spring practices were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, adds some depth.
Other Pac-12 tight ends on the Mackey Award watch list are Arizona’s Curtis Hodges, Stanford’s Tucker Fisk and Washington’s Cade Otton.
Oregon senior Johnny Johnson, who led the defending Pac-12 champions with 57 receptions for 836 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019, is on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. The award given to the nation’s top receiver, regardless of position.
Starting running back CJ Verdell, who rushed for 1,220 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore, is on the Doak Walker Award watch list.
Sophomore defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who led the team with nine sacks, and junior defensive back Jevon Holland, who had 66 tackles and four interceptions last season, are on the Bednarik Award watch list.
The Ducks were scheduled to begin mandatory team activities on Monday, but the Pac-12 paused the workouts indefinitely and canceled all nonconference games.
The Pac-12 plans to reveal details of a conference-only scheduling plan by July 31. Commissioner Larry Scott, who has tested positive for COVID-19, has said a contingency plan for moving football to the spring also exists.
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